Todd McShay's top performer
San Diego State WR Vincent Brown
Brown caught everything. Not just easy catches either. On one of the first plays that caught my attention during the North practice, Jake Locker threw a fastball on a quick slant. The ball was zipping at Brown on target, maybe a little in front of him, and Brown just plucked it out of the air effortlessly and got right upfield. I think he's a good route runner who will continue to improve by working on his technique, but his hands were the story. He did a great job in seven-on-sevens catching the ball in traffic and he clearly wasn't afraid to go over the middle or take a big hit. Every time I looked up, he was catching the ball and the quarterbacks already seem to trust him the most. Throw it in his direction and he's catching it. He's not a burner and doesn't have elite size but he's adequate in both those areas. Other guys are bigger, faster or had more national exposure, but I wouldn't be surprised if by the end of the week Brown has outperformed just about every wide receiver on the North team.
Steve Muench's top performer
Cal DE Cameron Jordan
No one was able to move Jordan today. Even Nate Solder, who dominated everyone, had a tough time with Jordan in run periods. Jordan did an excellent job of staying low coming out of his stance and jacked up Solder, effectively taking away his power base and gaining control in the battle. We wouldn't say he has violent hands, but he has a strong upper body and gets good hand placement so he can control guys. That's what you look for in a five-technique guy. He slid in to play DT, where he looked a little quicker, and he is certainly big and strong enough to play that position at the next level. We'd like to see him battle some of the top offensive linemen some more this week, but he's off to a strong start and is the top five-technique guy here and probably the best one in this class.
Kevin Weidl's top performer
Miami WR Leonard Hankerson
At the weigh-in, they measured Hankerson's hands at 10⅝ inches and those massive hands didn't drop anything. He caught everything outside of his frame and his hands just swallowed the ball. He is a long target with a wide strike zone and he adjusted to the ball very well. In one-on-ones, he ran a deep route toward the sideline of the end zone and did a great job of opening his hips, turning around to catch the ball and keeping his feet in bounds. He also competed for the ball in traffic and with a guy on him, he still caught everything. He has the size (6-1½ and 205 pounds) to be a matchup problem and the ability to shield defenders from the ball. He did that today and just always fought to make the catch. He's not a burner, doesn't have a big burst and it takes a few steps from him to get going, but he runs good routes. We want to see if he can separate at this level, but we know he can catch the ball.